Sunday, August 28, 2016 Av 24, 5776
Breaking down bone is a tough job; however, our bones undergo remodeling every day of our lives, as old material is cleared away so that new bone can form. In diseases such as osteoporosis, an imbalance in this process is responsible for the characteristic bone loss. New research at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science, which recently appeared in the online...
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Scientists from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Cambridge for the first time have determined how a plant hormone -- auxin -- interacts with its hormone receptor called TIR1. Their report, on the cover of a recent issue of Nature, may go beyond implications for plant life; it also may have important...
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Andrea Anderson, JE Feature
Two British scientists seeking permission to create cloned human embryos using cow eggs have renewed an old debate about these "chimeras," which may offer a new embryonic stem-cell source for research, but are also a source of controversy. Stephen Minger, director of the Stem Cell Biology Lab at King's College London, and Lyle Armstrong, a researcher at the North East...
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Author examines why hereditary diseases persist
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
When just 15 years old, he noticed that his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor suffering from Alzheimer's disease, seemed to feel better after giving blood. He had a nagging feeling that somehow the two were linked, and so the young boy went to his grandfather's doctors to voice his suspicions. But he was turned away. They told him to go home,...
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A doctor examines how to treat the solitude of sickness
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
When Michael Stein, M.D., decided to write his book, The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness, he said it was meant to examine and illuminate the emotional terrain of illness. "One reason it came about was when my brother-in-law came down with a rare form of cancer, and everything I had come to know about being a doctor was suddenly...
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